As the Washington Post and New York Times report, the United States has fallen from first to 12th in terms of 25 to 34-year-olds with postsecondary degrees. The finding comes from a report conducted by the College Board and confirms what we’ve known for too long: that United States’ graduation rate is lagging behind our global competitors.
We know that economic security and educational progress go hand in hand. That’s one of the reasons why the President outlined a new national goal last year: by 2020, America will once again have the highest proportion of college graduates in the world. Already we’ve taken crucial steps to help our nation meet this goal.
We’re making sure our high schools adequately prepare students for college and careers
We’re making college more affordable
And we’re also strengthening our community colleges
Working together with parents, teachers, and local communities across the country, we’re committed to bringing America back to #1 in postsecondary graduation rates.
Heather Higginbottom is the Deputy Director of the Domestic Policy Council